7. The ISP meeting

The Oregon Individual Support Plan

The Oregon Individual Support Plan (ISP) process is used to support planning with people who experience intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. It is required for use when the person chooses any Medicaid-funded service, but the ISP is much more than just a way to authorize these services.

The ISP is developed following a person-centered process. This means that people are the experts in their own lives and they decide what matters most. Others contribute by listening and providing support as directed by the person and their loved ones.

The ISP is a that is developed to support each person to live a life he/she finds meaningful.. This includes considering the person’s strengths and skills, relationships, technology and community resources, as well as paid services. Service Coordinators and Personal Agents (SC/PAs) facilitate planning to  find out what matters most to a person and their family along with the supports they find helpful. As plan facilitators, SC/PAs discover ways in which the person is already being supported by family, friends, and others in their community and how these informal or natural supports might need to be supplemented, when necessary, with additional community resources and/or Medicaid funded services. When a person chooses to hire providers, the ISP describes the provider’s responsibilities and the person’s preferences for how services are delivered.

Development of the Oregon ISP

In 2013, the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) was approached by the DD Coalition (a wide-reaching stakeholder community). They recommended that Oregon move from its 11 different individual support planning processes to just one ISP for all Oregonians with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) receiving Medicaid-funded services. ODDS agreed. The first year of development was led by a voluntary group of invested professionals, self-advocates and family members. A contract with Oregon Technical Assistance Corporation (OTAC) was established for moving the conversation to a conclusion, with continued investment and participation from stakeholders.

Statewide implementation began in January 2015. In June 2015, the ISP was updated to allow greater flexibility to SC/PAs in formatting and editing the document.

In June 2016, an attachment to the ISP was released to improve the Career Development Plan and address new Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS) rules.

A new version of ISP materials was developed in Adobe PDF format and released in May 2017. Learn more about the 5/2017 updates.

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